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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland

The city of sails

New Zealand tailor-made holidays

Introduction

You're never far from the water in Auckland, a city that has more recreational boats per capita than any other city in the world, earning it the name the ‘City of Sails'. Head out from its bustling harbour and city-centre attractions to discover idyllic islands and wineries in the Hauraki Gulf.

Downtown attractions

Despite being New Zealand's largest city and its commercial hub, Auckland rarely feels crowded, even in its centre. Here, life revolves around Viaduct Harbour – a buzzing centre for shopping, dining and nightlife. The revolving restaurant and viewing deck of the 328-metre Sky Tower is another attraction not to be missed. Indeed, given the right conditions, it's possible to see as far as the Coromandel Peninsula.


Downtown Auckland

Fashionable suburbs

One of the great things about Auckland is that there's far more to the city than its downtown headlines. The surrounding suburbs of Ponsonby, Parnell, Newmarket and Devonport all offer something different, from boutique art galleries and weekend farmer's markets to hipster bars and cafes that add a touch of quirkiness and vibrancy. It's all easily explored from a city-centre base, with regular bus services connecting the various neighbourhoods in an easy-to-navigate loop.

Around Auckland

The city extends across a wide area and much of it either overlooks or is near to bays, inlets, rivers and the twin harbours of Manakau and Waitemata. Wineries and wild beaches are all accessible from the city, whether you stay in the centre, a waterfront suburb or among the nearby Gulf islands. And, dotted around Auckland are the humps of 50 or so extinct volcanoes, some of which were once the site of Maori fortified villages, and which today afford wonderful views back across the city. An enjoyable day trip is a drive through the Waitakera Ranges to the white-sand beach at Piha on the west coast, a drive that takes you through some of New Zealand's most spectacular native forest.


Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf

 

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Special offers in Auckland

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,085 pp incl. flights

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Free Singapore stopover

Flight offer – Save up to £165 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Maui Ultima Elite

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £2,715 pp incl. flights

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Flight offer – Save up to £210 pp
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From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand

Ultimate New Zealand

22-day small-group tour from £6,880 pp incl. flights

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Free Singapore stopover

Flight offer – Save up to £135 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

A spectacular small-group tour combining luxury coach and railway journeys, lake and fjord cruises, taking in everything from city slicking and quaint township sophistication to New Zealand’s stunning natural world.

Top itineraries in Auckland

Rotorua, New Zealand

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,345 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand.

Best of the North Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,870 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Between stunning volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical beaches and world-class wineries, this fly-drive holiday showcases the best of New Zealand's North Island.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,510 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.

Mountain picnic, Queenstown, New Zealand

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,320 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

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Top places to stay in Auckland

Jacuzzi at Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island

Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island

Small & intimate lodge

Just 35 minutes from Auckland in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf, Delamore Lodge on beautiful Waiheke Island offers an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in one of the North Island's most picturesque locations.

The Boatshed, Waiheke Island

The Boatshed, Waiheke Island

Small & intimate lodge

Originally the small holiday cottage of designer David Scott and now one of New Zealand's best-loved boutique luxury hotels, The Boatshed enjoys a stunning location above the picturesque sun-drenched bay of Oneroa.

Heritage Auckland Superior Room Tower Wing_85609

Heritage Auckland

Traditional hotel

Billed as one of Auckland’s ‘most iconic buildings’, this Art Deco classic has been something of a city landmark since its 1920s construction.

Sofitel Auckland lobby, New Zealand

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Contemporary hotel

Whether it’s the spa, restaurant or indulgent rooms, this is Gallic chic in a truly New Zealand setting.

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When to go to Auckland

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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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